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Get to Know UWBG: Montgomery County

Last week, we featured Jessamine County. This week, let’s get to know Montgomery County!

Montgomery County became Kentucky’s 22nd county in 1796 and consists of three cities: Jeffersonville, Camargo, and Mount Sterling, which is the county seat. Former Governor of Kentucky Ernie Fletcher (2003-2007) is from Mount Sterling, as were U.S. House Representatives Henry Daniel (1786-1873) and Amos Davis (1794-1835).

There are two general schools of thought about how Montgomery County got its name. Some believe it was named for General Richard Montgomery, an Irishman who fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Others believe the County was named for Thomas Montgomery, who also served in the Revolutionary War and settled in Mount Sterling in 1792.

Did you know that the current spelling of Mount Sterling was a mistake? Hugh Forbes, a Scotsman, intended to name the town Mount Stirling, as an homage to a town in his native Scotland. However, the Kentucky Assembly passed an act in 1792 that established the town’s name as Mount Sterling, and they decided to keep the misspelling.

At United Way of the Bluegrass, we are proud to work with the men and women of Montgomery County to make a difference across the Bluegrass, including our incredible Montgomery County Board of Trustees!

During the last fiscal year:

Agency Partners:

  • Apprisen

  • AVOL Kentucky

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass

  • Bluegrass Council of the Blind

  • Child Care Council of Kentucky

  • Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass

  • Clark County Homeless Coalition

  • D.O.V.E.S. of Gateway

  • DuBois Community Center

  • GreenHouse17

  • Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky

  • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

  • Montgomery County 4-H Council

  • Montgomery County Schools Education Foundation

  • NewSong Counseling Center

  • Post Clinic

  • Sterling Community Food Coalition

  • Visually Impaired Preschool Services

  • YMCA of Central Kentucky

Stay tuned as we take a closer look at D.O.V.E.S of Gateway and a volunteer in Montgomery County.

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